Once upon a time, after a long day at work, I needed a pick-me-up so I decided to drag my son thrifting with me. Okay…so it was only about a week ago. And it actually didn’t take much dragging with my son…he likes doing things like that. The extra muscle comes in pretty handy too.
I figured we’d hit a place here in town that I don’t usually go to see what they had. I actually found a few pieces I would have loved, but when I found this vintage desk for fifteen dollars, I knew this was The One.
I love these beat up, well-used pieces that some people may not take an interest in. It’s these neglected pieces that I love giving new life to. And it didn’t hurt that I was in the market for a desk. I’ve been using my laptop at the kitchen table since I moved in over a year ago, and I wanted a space solely for that…and it would give me my kitchen table back.
The top had been
very well-used… neglected…through hell and back. Perfect for a makeover 🙂
This was actually one of the easiest flips I’ve done. It sanded easily, and it was in decent shape.
I stained the top with my Early American, but it brought out an orange tone that I hated. I immediately panicked and swiped on my vinegar-and-steel-wool stain that I’ve had sitting for a couple weeks now. It saved the day and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Sorry, Minwax…I may have just jumped on the DIY Stain Bandwagon for good.
I painted the base with my DIY chalk paint. Then I dry brushed it all over with a lighter and darker paint. The dry brushing added a little dimension and it also helped the desk keep it’s vintage-y feel.
I opted to keep a few imperfections on the top because I think it adds character to a piece. The dry brushing and slight distressing helped tie it all together…
…and, of course, new drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby didn’t hurt either.
This was a quick, fun and simple makeover that I was able to finish in about a week in my spare time. And now my laptop has a place all its own 🙂